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This time... Its the last time... by Chrisofedf This time... Its the last time... by Chrisofedf
On it's maiden flight the crew of the new atomic powered airliner "Fireflash". find a bomb in their landing gear set to explode when their aircraft touches down. Whats worse, In a few hours the radiation shielding on the reactor is failing, giving the passengers and crew just a few hours before fatal exposure.

All attempts to diffuse the bomb fail and all seems lost. Until a mysterious rescue organisation appears claiming they have a way to land the plane safely. The plan is crazy, to land Fireflash on specially modified elevator cars  which will replace the landing gear.

The first attempt ends in disaster, as the safety margin on the reactor expires Fireflash goes in for the final approach, this time, it's the last time...


When asked my favourite TV show, a lot of people are surprised when I respond that it's in fact a 49 year old puppet series. Surely someone my age should be more into Game of Thrones or breaking bad or something.

 But yes it is in fact Thunderbirds, and why? Well it's scenes like this which you simply get nowhere else.

The finale to the first episode of Thunderbirds is quite simply one of the most heart pounding action scenes ever made and while the show maintains a high standard, they simply never bettered it. The image of the completely outclassed Elevator cars disintegrating under Fireflash's immense weight will be etched in my brain forever.

I'm pretty excited about the new Thunderbirds series on the horizon. As usual with these things i've seen quite a lot of backlash about it amongst the fanbase (I literally watched a whole forum go into meltdown over the fact TB1 now has windows and a Pitot Tube (I thought it looked pretty cool)). There been a lot of talk about what people want to see in the show and for me its this.

High stakes and demented action scenes you simply wouldn't get anywhere else.

For those who would have rather seen Gerry Anderson retake Thunderbirds himself, on the horizon Is the book series Gemini Force 1. From interviews and outlines that i've seen of what Gerry wanted to do with the series, i'd always got the feeling he wanted to wipe the slate clean and start again, retaining just the core concept. This appears to be what GF1 seems to be, a completely new take on the same idea and i'm very excited. www.gerryanderson.co.uk/gerry-…

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Google Sketchup

"Jolly good show old boy!"
"And what a show!"
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billguiroff Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Greetings! I regret I am having connection problems which prevent me from seeing anything but the thumbnails, but from what I have been able to call up you are both a dedicated fan of the series, well-researched technically and a superb artist!

I watched 'Thunderbirds's' very first broadcast in my area on KTTV around, I think, 1966, with the one about the Red Arrow fighter the Hood was sabotaging. Frustratingly, I missed the second half, aired the following week, which was for some reason never again in my area, and I had to wait almost 40 years for the VHS edition to find out what happened!

KTTV tended to cookie-cutter shows out of sequence, so I saw 'Trapped in the Sky' later on, and it was years until I was old enough to understand about pilots I still loved the show and watched it whenever I could, even skipping news reports on the Sylmar Quake of 1971 when I spotted Thunderbird 1 descending to its launch pad. I now have the whole series on DVD, along with 'Stingray,' 'Supercar', 'Fireball XL-5', Joe 90, 'Secret Agent', 'Captain Scarlet', 'UFO,' 'Space 1999', 'Space Precinct', and even 'Terrahawks'. 'Fireball XL-5' and 'Thunderbirds' to this day remain two of my all-time favorites.

A few years back, when 'Thunderbirds' first came out on VHS,  a friend at work borrowed 'Trapped in the Sky' to show his kids. Later he told me they were rather blasé at first, asking what was so big about an old puppet show?

Five minutes later they were glued to their seats, stayed that way through the end.

At the time it was around 30-plus years later, and the show still hasn't lost its magic!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Glad you like the thumbnails, hope you get to see the full things some day. :) Thunderbirds, will always be awsome :)
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kevinw59 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank u this is so good 
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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janderson6108 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Hi Chris,

One of my favourite bits in Thunderbirds is Thunderbird 2's crash landing on Tracy Island in the episode 'Terror In New York'. Thank you for your artwork. I think your drawings are very well done and really show how classy these spacecraft and vehicle designs are/were.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) Ive always loved the way, when TB2 hits the grounds it almost pulls itself back up again, always thought that would make a cool image sometime.
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Raax-theIceWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Another great CG rendering of a Thunderbirds moment. These always look so dynamic. These just capture the moment so well
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Cheers :)
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DukeDexter Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Great stuff as usual!  Great suggestion of movement & the diagonals give it a sense of danger
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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ShojiAmasawa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
The energy and the urgency―second to none! This will always be one of my favourite moments in TV history.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cheers :)
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Superb Work,Chris! This Captures the Feeling of Trapped in the Sky Perfectly! Keep up the Superb Work!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
No Problem. ever thought of Doing the RTL2 from the Thunderbirds Episode the Cham Cham?
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It;s on the to do list when I get a chance :)
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Cool!
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dburch01 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Hold tight Fireflash, applying maximum brakes!!"

This...wow, this looks damn right incredible, REALLY nice work, I must applaud you for this fantastic piece of work
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) 
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dburch01 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, my friend :)
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